The Works of the English Poets: With Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, 第 17 巻

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344 ページ - All were attentive to the godlike man, When from his lofty couch he thus began: 'Great queen, what you command me to relate, Renews the sad remembrance of our fate: An empire from its old foundations rent, And...
177 ページ - Yet, labouring well his little spot of ground, Some scattering potherbs here and there he found, Which cultivated with his daily care, And bruised with vervain, were his frugal fare.
297 ページ - But every man cannot distinguish between pedantry and poetry: every man, therefore, is not fit to innovate. Upon the whole matter, a poet must first be certain that the word he would introduce is beautiful in the Latin, and is to consider, in the next place, whether it will agree with the English idiom: after this, he ought to take the opinion of judicious friends, such as are learned in both languages: and, lastly, since no man...
284 ページ - ... yet these are they who have the most admirers. But it often happens, to their mortification, that as their readers improve their stock of sense (as they may by reading better books, and by...
288 ページ - He studies brevity more than any other poet : but he had the advantage of a language wherein much may be comprehended in a little space.
294 ページ - What had become of me, if Virgil had taxed me with another book ? I had certainly been reduced to pay the public in hammered money, for want of milled...
369 ページ - Go thou from me to fate, And to my father my foul deeds relate. Now die!
47 ページ - He sung the secret seeds of Nature's frame; How seas, and earth, and air, and active flame, Fell through the mighty void, and, in their fall, Were blindly gather'd in this goodly ball. The tender soil then, stiff'ning by degrees, Shut from the bounded earth the bounding seas.
139 ページ - Or, stript for wrestling, smears his limbs with oil, And watches with a trip his foe to foil. Such was the life the frugal Sabines led; So Remus and his brother god were bred: From whom th' austere Etrurian virtue rose, And this rude life our homely fathers chose.
336 ページ - And sumptuous feasts are made in splendid halls : On Tyrian carpets, richly wrought, they dine; With loads of massy plate the sideboards shine, And antique vases, all...

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